Halloween may be rooted in the scary, but these days, it offers something for everyone. Read our picks for the best Halloween events happening in and around the Chicago suburbs.


  • 13th Floor Haunted House – 9/10-11/13. Select dates. One of the largest haunted house brands. Special features with Fright Club app. Melrose Park. 13thfloorchicago.com
  • Teenie Weenie Pumpkins & Munchkins – 9/17. Celebrate the colorful time of year with treats, games, crafts and a hayride. 10AM-Noon. Carol Stream. csparks.org
  • Hayride of Horror and the Curse of the Bayou – Open every Fri. and Sat. starting Sept. 30 until Oct. 29 from 7pm-10pm at Dellwood Park, Lockport. lockportpark.org
  • Ghoulish Golf – 9/30-10/1. 4-9PM. Spooky surprises await after a game of crazy golf. Family-friendly light scares possible. St. Charles. Stparks.org
  • Itasca Halloween Celebration – 10/1. 1-3PM. Pony rides, bounce house, games, pumpkin decorating and more! Itascaparkdistrict.com
  • Halloween Hayride – 10/2. 5-6:30PM. Hayride around Lake Gregory followed by activities and S’mores. Costume contest. Register. Blackberry Farm. foxvalleyparkdistrict.org
  • Howl-O-Ween – 10/5. 5-7PM. Bring your favorite dog for a spooky egg hunt, raffle, photos, and a goody bag for your dog. Fred. P. Hall Amphitheater. Palatine. Palatineparks.org
  • Halloween Hollow – 10/7-9. Yunker Park. Kids’ games, mummy wrap, pumpkin decorating, food concessions and beer. 12-5PM. Mokena. Mokenapark.com
  • Specters & Spirits – 10/7. Exploration of the haunted Downers Grove Museum for adults. Drinks around a bonfire before searching for signs of spirits with paranormal experts. 7PM. Downers Grove. dgparks.org
  • Great Pumpkin Giveaway – 10/8. 10-2PM. Pumpkins, live animals, kids’ activities, flu shots and blood drive. The Compass Church, Three Rivers Campus, Plainfield. Thecompass.net
  • Not So Scary Golf – 10/10. 11AM-6PM. Family friendly activities, new fire pit, music, mini golf and giveaways! Coyote Crossing Mini Golf. Carol Stream. csparks.org
  • Night of 1000 Jack-o-Lanterns – 10/12-16 & 10/19-23. Over 1000 real pumpkins light up the night at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. chicagobotanic.org/Halloween.
  • Chicago Ghost Tours – Ongoing through 10/31. Tour the historic haunts of Chicago. Both Bus and Foot Tours available. Times vary. Tickets. chicagohauntings.com
  • Haunted Trail – 10/14. 6-7PM – Family Hour. 7-9:30PM Active Scaring. Hold on tight while you are guided through the 1/3 mile loop turned haunted ground! Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary. Purchase tickets at trail, cash only. Itascaparkdistrict.com
  • Things that go Bump in the Night – 10/14. Fun and not frightening. Watch skits as you walk along the trail with costumed characters representing the critters of the forest. Includes campfire, snacks and songs. 6-8:15PM. Emily Oaks Nature Center, Skokie. skokieparks.org
  • All Hallows Eve – 10/14-15.6:30-10PM. 13-acres of haunting creatures and screaming delights at Naper Settlement! Not recommended for children under 8. napersettlement.org
  • A Nightmare at West Main – 10/14 and 10/21. 7-9PM. Haunted hike through the spooky trails. Ages 10+. Tickets. Batavia. bataviaparks.org
  • Sugar Skull City – 10/15. – 11/6. Celebrate the Day of the Dead . Downtown Aurora. auroradowntown.org
  • Trick-or-Treat Trail – 10/15. 12-1:30PM Ages 0-10 yrs. Children and parents enjoy walking the trail at the Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary, receiving crafts and treats along the way. FREE! Itascaparkdistrict.com
  • Haunted Trail and Bonfire – 10/15. Bonfire, food, cider, games, wagon rides and a haunted trail. lindenhurstparks.org.
  • Graveside Stories Cemetery Walk– 10/15 – 16. 2-5PM . St. Peter & St. Mary Cemeteries, 310 Alexander St., Elmhurst. Reservations Required: elmhursthistory.org/320/Programs
  • Haunted Forest Walk – 10/21-22. Wind your way through a haunted forest trail full of scary scenes, wicked creatures and evil spirits. Afternoon matinee suitable for children under 9. Fri: 6:30-9:30PM, Sat: 1-3PM and 6:30-9:30PM. Hawthorne Woods. Woodridge. woodridgeparks.org
  • Haunted Hayrides – 10/21-22. Spooky, fun-filled hayrides on the trail at Eaton Preserve. Plainfield. Plfdparks.org
  • Trick-or-Treat Tango – 10/21. 7-8:30PM. Dancing, crafts, games, candy and prizes! $10 Registration required. foxvalleyparkdistrict.org
  • Howlin’ at the Moon – 10/21-22. 21+ event. Come dressed in costume and enjoy performances, live music, local cuisine and beverages. Naper Settlement, Naperville. Napersettlement.org/event
  • Haunted Forest – 10/22. – Little Monsters, 3-6:30PM; Sheer Terror, 6:30-9:30PM. Sandra Smith Wood, Westmont. westmontparks.org
  • Spooky Zoo – 10/22. Trick-or-Treating on zoo grounds. 10AM-While supplies last or 1PM. Lincoln Park Zoo. Lpzoo.org
  • Halloween Hayday – 10/22. 10AM-1PM. Stephen Persinger Rec. Center. Halloween egg hunt, costume contest, bounce house, hayrides, science activities. Registration recommended. Geneva. genevaparks.org
  • Howl O’Ween Dog Parade – 10/22. Bring your dogs and dress-to-impress at Peck Farm Park’s FREE Howl O’ Ween Dog Parade! Geneva. genevaparks.org
  • LEGO® Brick-or-Treat Monster Party – 10/23 – 10/31. It’s non-stop fun, with spooky  decorations, amazing LEGO® activities, and a screening of the EXCLUSIVE NEW LEGO® 4D Halloween movie. Schaumburg. legolanddiscoverycenter.com
  • Batfest – 10/29. Halloween themed family event with trick-or-treating, pumpkin bowl, contests, BatArt, stories and games. Free. Batavia. Downtownbatavia.com
  • Monster Mash – 10/29. 11AM-2PM. Halloween themed walk-through Deer Grove Leisure Center. Ending with carnival games, bounce house, live critters and more! Bensenville. bvilleparks.org
  • Kooky Spooky Candy Trail – 10/29. 3-5PM. Trick-or-treating along the candy trail at Oakton Park, while enjoying the roaming magician. Advanced ticket purchase. Skokie. skokieparks.org
  • Haunted Halloween Flea Market – 10/29. Live music and ghoulish encounters and thousands of treasures for sale. 3PM– Midnight. DuPage County Fairgrounds. Wheaton. zurkopromotions.com
  • Trick or Treat Trail – 10/29. Trick or Treat socially safe at Red Hawk Park. All participants must register for a designated time slot. Register. Red Hawk Park, Carol Stream. csparks.org
  • Boo Bash! – 10/31. Children and families come in costume. We will read stories, make crafts and share a special treat.  10-11 AM. Cantigny, Wheaton. cantigny.org.
  • Spooktacular Fun Night – 10/31. Geared for kids ages 2-10. Trick-or-Treat through the community center and stay for fun and games. 5-7PM. Westmont. Westmontparks.org

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